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Rio: I dreamt of just one PL medal

Rio Ferdinand scored United’s winning goal yesterday to ensure that Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game at Old Trafford finished with a victory.

Rio has now won the Premier League six times but claims he would have been happy with just one winners’ medal when he first joined the club.

“I dreamt of getting one when I turned up here,” he told MUTV. “I remember looking at Ryan Giggs and the others when I arrived. At that stage they had five, six and seven. I just wanted one. I thought I would be happy with that. “But once you get it, you want another. You continue striving to succeed, to achieve things and win trophies. To get six is unbelievable. But that is the main thing at this club, you want to be successful.”

Rio has conceded it has been emotional week after Ferguson announced his retirement, but he is looking forward to the future thanks to the strong foundations the manager has put in place.

“There have been a couple of emotional moments,” he added. “It was like a bolt out of the blue. No one was expecting it. It disappointed a lot of us but I understand the manager’s reasons. He has had a great stint and an unbelievably successful period. He instilled great qualities in the club and we must carry that on. Manchester United has a bright future. The manager has left the club in great health and we are looking forward. We have a great number of good young players who are eager to win things and be successful and work hard. That is what the manager has instilled in these players. The work ethic has to continue if we are going to be successful. I would like to be part of that.”

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  1. NBI Red Onion says:


  2. NBI Red Onion says:

    Good career for him, 6 league titles, a league cup or two, a champions league, a club world cup, wouldn’t get that playing at Leeds.

  3. soccerisfootbal says:

    happy for rio. he’ll still have a role to play for us, but hopefully he will be fine with a squad role if that’s the case.

    looking at his medal count, we need to start taking fa cup more seriously. 9 years now since we last won. not brilliant considering we are the record holders.

  4. calebkzh says:

    What a finish by Rio yesterday, to seal a memorable, if not emotional, afternoon.

  5. wazzer says:

    how about instead of 1 league title you get 6!

  6. Denton Davey says:

    calebkzh @ 20:21: “What a finish by Rio yesterday”

    Exactly, he could be the fourth striker if/when TheWayneBoy leaves/”evolves”

  7. United till I die says:

    Hope rio gets a new deal sorted soon. Even if he’s only playing one game a week his experience is invaluable to Evans, jones and smalling. With two veteran center backs that can easily be paired with any of the younger lads we are looking good for a number if years.

    One thing I’m hoping from Moyes is that he can tighten up our defense and stop them giving up stupid goals. If we can do that with the talent we have up front scoring goals we will be extremely hard to beat.

  8. Norman-85 says:

    Congratulations to the following players on achieving their first title medal:
    Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa, David De Gea, Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones, Alexander Büttner, Anders Lindegaard.

    First of many we hope….


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